On September 12, 2018, a Silver Alert issued for 73-year-old Victoria J. Smith. Smith went missing in , Missouri and was found safe 180 miles away in Pelkin, Illinois.
According to the news story on KMBC News 9:
The Missouri Highway Patrol said a Silver Alert for a missing Morgan County woman has been canceled after she was found safe.
Victoria J. Smith, 73, was last seen in Valley Park on Wednesday evening.
Smith was supposed to going to Kansas City. She got directions in Valley Park on how to get from Interstate 44 to U.S. 50. Authorities said she was supposed to back to her home in Stover, but did not arrive.
Authorities said Smith was found safe in Pekin, Illinois.
On June 12, 2018, a Silver Alert was issued for 71-year-old Ruth Rivera. Rivera went missing from Rosendale, Wisconsin and was found 170 miles away in Elgin, Illinois.
From the story on Fox6 Now:
ROSENDALE — A Silver Alert has been canceled for a Rosendale (Fond du Lac County) woman reported missing Tuesday, June 12.
Ruth Rivera was reported to have been last seen around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities said Rivera was brought back to Rosendale by family from Elgin, Illinois, where she got into her vehicle and took off.
Again — she has been found safe.
On March 3, 2018 a Silver Alert was issued for 87-year-old John Graul. Graul went missing in New Palestine, Indiana and was found safe 100 miles away in Illinois.
From the story in the Greenfield Reporter:
A missing New Palestine resident was found safe in Illinois shortly after a statewide Silver Alert was declared, asking residents across the region for help finding the senior citizen.
Police say they’re still investigating why 87-year-old John Graul drove away from his home early Saturday.
A neighbor told police he’d seen lights on in Graul’s garage around 3 a.m. Saturday; he called 911 around 8:30 a.m. after finding the man’s garage door standing open, and his car missing from inside, according to emergency dispatch records.
The local sheriff’s deputies who responded to Graul’s home found tire tracks through the man’s front yard, making it look as though he’d driven off in the middle of the night.
They contacted Graul’s family and began searching the area, including checking local hospitals, records show. When Graul wasn’t located, a statewide silver alert was issued around 11:30 a.m.
Graul was found about 30 minutes later in Illinois. His family picked him up and brought him home, police said.